Eat, Fast And Live Longer With Michael Mosley
Airs Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 9:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published April 2, 2013 at 1:56 p.m., updated August 21, 2013 at 10:27 a.m.
British journalist and physician Michael Mosley sets an ambitious goal: to become healthier and lose weight while making as few changes as possible to his life. In working toward these goals, Mosley discovers a powerful new science behind the old idea of fasting, a program that still allows him to enjoy his favorite foods.
He takes a road trip across the U.S. to investigate how a little hunger can turn on the body’s “repair genes” and, of course, tries the new science himself. Mosley learns that a diet based on feast and famine has powerful effects on the body, reducing the risks of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
The diet seems to pack the anti-aging clout of calorie restriction while still allowing for a taste of the good life. And it turns out to be not only good for the body; it may also be good for the brain.
“I have always been interested in self-experimentation as a research device because so many of the most important discoveries came from scientists and doctors who used themselves as test subjects,” Mosley says, “but I had never before performed a series of trials on my own health.”
He says that when routine blood work last year revealed troubling signs — including borderline diabetes and high cholesterol — his doctor recommended medications. “But I chose instead to seek out doctors and scientists doing cutting-edge research into these problems, which so many others face as well, and use these specials to demonstrate the journey I took to find those solutions.”
This program was available for online viewing through May 4, 2013 but was extended through September 7, 2013.
KPBS originally aired this special as part of a health, diet and exercise-focused science series that includes "The Truth About Exercise With Michael Mosley" on Wednesday, April 10th at 10 p.m. (watch full episode below through through Saturday, May 11, 2013), and "Guts With Michael Mosley" on Wednesday, April 17th at 10 p.m. (watch full episode below through Saturday, May 18, 2013). "10 Things You Need To Know About Losing Weight" airs Wednesday, April 24th at 10 p.m. (watch below).